Supporting Professional Development through Accelerated Teaching Degrees

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At Guardian Childcare & Education, we are passionate about supporting the career progression of our early childhood educators.

One of the ways we support our educators looking to qualify as Early Childhood Teachers is through the ACU Accelerated Degree, a unique partnership we have with Australian Catholic University. This degree is offered exclusively to our Diploma-qualified early childhood educators who meet the selection criteria. This high-quality four year Early Childhood degree offers an accelerated completion timeframe of 18 months.

It’s a hugely rewarding challenge for our educators who enrol in this degree. We recognise the hard work and dedication it takes for our team members to further their education, and the real challenge of combining work and family commitments with study.

We recognise our team members’ career goals and support them along the way

We ensure that our childcare educators who choose to undertake this degree are well-supported throughout their journey.

Placements are completed within our Guardian centres, providing our educators the opportunity to apply what they have been learning in a familiar, supportive environment.

Each ACU student is partnered with an experienced Guardian Teacher as a mentor. This mentoring program ensures that our educators have ongoing professional support and guidance, further enriching their learning experience.

Want to work in a place where your professional development is encouraged? Current opportunities across the Guardian network can be found here.

We encourage opportunities for professional development for childcare workers  

At Guardian, we believe in the incredible talent and huge potential of our educators. By providing them an opportunity to earn a degree, we’re not only equipping them with knowledge and skills but also opening up new career paths for them within our broad network.

As part of the Guardian family, each of our educators benefit through learning from each other, with encouragement, coaching and mentoring through our wide network of early childhood professionals.

We celebrate our people and their success

We recently celebrated the first cohort of newly qualified Early Childhood Teachers graduating with this accelerated degree! Through a rigorous but rewarding journey, these dedicated childcare educators have achieved their Bachelor degrees in Early Childhood, in just 18 months. We are impressed by their commitment, and thrilled with their achievements.

Ivy, one of our Victorian educators, is one of these newly-graduated Teachers. She has shared what this opportunity means to her and what a career at Guardian can look like: “It has helped me broaden my knowledge, skills, and experiences, making me more confident in Early Childhood Teacher and Educational Leader roles. Guardian has helped my career thrive by introducing me to the Bachelor of Early Childhood and Education degree. I feel rewarded working at Guardian, especially in developing the professional skills essential for my job and career. I feel more confident and supported every day. No day is the same at Guardian every day presents new opportunities for learning, contributing, and committing!”

Our new graduate Teachers live our mindsets of being professional and brave

We recognise and appreciate our hard-working educators’ commitment and dedication to expanding their knowledge. This achievement is a testament to the dedication we see daily across our Centres; a passion for providing the highest quality learning and care for young children. We commend our newly graduated teachers and can’t wait to see the difference they’ll make in the lives of the children in their care.

It’s so rewarding to see our incredible team members strive to achieve their career goals.

Are you looking to grow your early childhood career in a supportive environment of like-minded passionate people? Be part of our team and journey towards achieving your career goals with Guardian.

If joining our Guardian family as an Educator, Early Childhood Teacher or as part of a Centre Leadership Team sounds good to you, we’d love to speak with you! We provide amazing professional development opportunities and great benefits.

Get in touch with our Talent team: [email protected] or 1300 765 560. We would love to hear from you!


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